Seasons and Tides - The What Causes the Seasons and Tides lab is a plug and play unit that is meant to accompany my FREE Kesler Science Station Lab Series
. Download that start-up guide to learn more about how to use it in the classroom.
In this unit the students will learn what causes the seasons and be able to relate the position of the Moon and Sun to their effect on ocean tides. They will learn the terms neap and spring tides and be able to corrrectly revolve the Earth around the Sun and determine what season it is in the northern and southern hemisphere.
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There are 8 total stations for the lab (plus 2 signs for break stations). Each station has includes
all of the signage, literature, resources, and task cards for the students to complete them independently or with a group.
The seasons and tides lab will also require 3 balls (Earth, Sun and Moon) and a piece of yarn to represent the tides for the Explore It!
station. The cards for the Organize It! station are included.
Explore It! – This station will typically be a hands-on demo or experiment that allows the student to connect the information through application.
Illustrate It! – This station allows the student to sketch or draw out the concept that they are learning. This allows for better recall and retention of new information.
Read It! – At this station students will find a short passage relevant to the content and have to answer 3-4 multiple choice questions about the reading.
Watch It! – Students will watch a short video at this station and answer questions relevant to their learning. This station can be setup with class computers/tablets, SMART board, or even a teachers computer.
Organize It! – The students will be working with a card sorts or manipulative at this station. These are included with each of my units.
Write It! – At this station the students will be responding to 2-4 short answer prompts that will allow them to communicate their knowledge in complete sentences.
Research It! – This station will be a website that students will go to learn more information about the topic. Students will perform tasks and answer questions on their lab sheet. This station can be setup with class computers/tablets, SMART
board, or even a teachers computer. If no computers are available you can double up one of the other stations and replace this module. Easy.
Assess It! – The students will demonstrate their knowledge of the topic using a series of task cards with more formal questions.
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